Casper officially announces 2019 class
Casper officially announces 2019 class
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

ETSU men’s soccer adds 12 players to roster

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 9, 2019) – ETSU head men’s soccer coach David Casper officially announced his 2019 signing class Tuesday morning, adding 12 players to the program this offseason.

In this year’s class, ETSU added nine international players, two of which who currently reside in the United States coming from the top two tiers of US Youth Soccer, and three other domestic players.

“I am extremely proud to add these 12 students to our Bucs Soccer Family,” Casper said. “Not only are we adding outstanding soccer players, we are also adding great students and people. I have no doubt that they all will come in and add to our culture, and help us grow as a team.”

The Bucs will welcome 10 incoming freshman — making up the class of 2023. Additionally, ETSU brings in a pair of midfielders as transfers.

Position wise, ETSU has flexibility in the form of three primary defenders, three primary forwards and six primary midfielders — most of which can branch off into different positions if needed.

“I want to thank Coach Josh Scott for all the hard work he has done to help put this class together,” Casper added. “He worked day and night communicating across the globe to nail down this class. I am really looking forward to the fall to add these players to the incredible group of guys we have here already. I truly do think we are building something special for the years to come.”


Mathias Aannestad — F/MF — Fr. — Tonsberg, Norway

Previous School: Wang Toppidrett Tønsberg

Club: FK Tønsberg

Anticipated Major: Business

Why I chose ETSU: “I chose ETSU because of the opportunity to combine athletics and academics together at a high level. I am proud to be a part of such an ambitious program, and I hope we can make history together.”

Comments from Casper: “Mathias might just be our diamond in the rough in the class. He is another player who I think is just starting to scratch the surface of how good he can be. Playing for one of the best clubs in Norway, he has been scoring goals left and right. I expect that goal scoring ability to follow him to the states and I expect him to compete for time in various attacking roles.”



Cameron Carroll — D/MF — Fr. — Clarksville, Tenn.

Previous School: Rossview HS

Club: Tennessee Soccer Club ECNL 00’s

Anticipated Major: Biology

Why I chose ETSU: “I chose ETSU because I wanted to have the opportunity to compete at the highest level of college soccer every year and challenge myself as a student-athlete.”

Comments from Casper: “Cameron is one of the top players coming out of TN. He is a great student and person. I love the way he can run up and down the side of the field tirelessly and effectively. He is versatile and can play many positions. I expect Cam to compete for time from day one. We will look to use Cam in a few positions but especially left back.”


Simon Chretien — MF/D — Jr. — Christchurch, New Zealand

Previous School: Quincy University

Club: Canterbury United FC

Anticipated Major: Political Science (Minor in Communications)

Why I chose ETSU: “I chose ETSU to continue my college soccer career because I wanted to play for a strong program in Division 1. I'm looking forward to continuing my studies at ETSU and playing under Coach Casper and his coaching staff. 

Comments from Casper: “Simon is one of two transfers that we have coming in. Coming from New Zealand, he has already acclimated to life in the US. He has been one of the key players on a very good NCAA D2 team, Quincy University. We expect that Simon will come in and compete for time in the midfield, but will also bring a high level of maturity and leadership to the program.”


Jeremiah Edouard — MF/F — Fr. — Pompano Beach, Fla.

Previous School: North Broward Prep School

Club: South Florida Football Academy U19’s US Development Academy

Anticipated Major: Sports Science

Why I chose ETSU: “I chose ETSU because I believe this is the environment that will help me grow and reach my full potential on the field and off the field. Also being able to meet new people and form new life long relationships with my new teammates is a big reason why ETSU was the choice for me.”

Comments from Casper: “Jeremiah is an explosive athlete. His speed will strike fear into any defense that we come up against. His experience playing with the Haitian U17 and U20 national teams will help his transition to college soccer. I am very excited to get Jeremiah into our program because I think he is just scratching the surface of how good he can be. He should compete for time in various attacking positions.”


Bradley Empson — MF/D — Fr. — London, England

Previous School: The Harefield Academy

Club: Enfield Town FC (First Team)

Anticipated Major: Physical Education

Why I chose ETSU: “I chose ETSU as the facilities, the coaching and the campus all look very professional, and there’s a good amount of international players that will help me settle in and adjust to life in the USA.”

Comments from Casper: “Bradley is a player we believe has a lot of promise. He has grown up playing in one of the best youth academies in England — Watford FC. He is a pit-bull in the midfield and also possesses the quality to play any pass. We expect that he will be able to compete for time at midfield and become a very important player for us.”


Hauk Andreas Fossen — F/D — Fr. — Moely, Norway

Previous School: Ringsaker Videregående

Club: Brummundal IL

Anticipated Major: Business

Why I chose ETSU: “I have chosen ETSU because I can play soccer for an exciting program with an ambitious team where the university has amazing facilities, and at the same time, study on a high level to pursue a degree in business.”

Comments from Casper: “Hauk gives us a different dimension up front. He is a very big boy at 6’4” and 200 pounds. He is very good playing with his back to goal, as well as in the air. He has enough pace to keep back lines honest, as well. Also, coming from a top club in Norway, we expect that he will compete for time playing in the front line.”


Dominic Foster — D — Fr. — London, England (now resides in Greenville, S.C.)

Previous School: JL Mann HS (Greenville, S.C.)

Club: Carolina Elite Soccer Academy ECNL 00’s

Anticipated Major: Business Finance

Why I chose ETSU: “I chose ETSU the moment I stepped on campus and met the coaching staff for the first time. I realized that this was where I wanted to spend the next four years, developing as a player and person both on and off the field.”

Comments from Casper: “Dom is a great kid and someone that I think can be a future leader here at ETSU. He has a great background in soccer growing up in the Crystal Palace Academy. He is a dominating centerback playing for CESA and in high school. He has a track record of winning, and we hope he can bring that mentality to ETSU. He will be competing for time along the back line.”


Philip Hildebrandt — D/MF — Fr. — Charlottenlund, Denmark

Previous School: Oregaard Gymnasium

Club: Hellerun IK

Anticipated Major: Business

Why I chose ETSU: “ETSU has very nice facilities and an exciting soccer program that will only help me improve as a student-athlete — where I can pursue a degree and win championships.”

Comments from Casper: “Philip has exceptional size and athleticism. He has been playing at a very high level in Denmark for quite awhile now. He is also very versatile being able to play many positions. I expect Philip will be competing for time in the back line and especially at right back.”


Lucas Lightner — F/MF — Fr. — Clarksville, Tenn.

Previous School: Rossview HS

Club: Tennessee Soccer Club ECNL 00’s

Anticipated Major: Rehabilitative Studies

Why I chose ETSU: “I chose ETSU because of the high-quality facilities, the outstanding sports science majors and to be a part of a successful NCAA D1 soccer program.”

Comments from Casper: “Lucas is another top player coming out of Tennessee. playing for the same club and high school team as fellow newcomer Cameron Carroll. Lucas might be the most versatile player we have coming in because I think he could honestly play any position, except maybe goal keeper. I think that his best position might just be up top in the front line. A player in the mold of an ETSU great, Aaron Schoenfeld, leaves us with high expectations for Lucas’s time here at ETSU.


Gilly Miller — MF — Fr. — London, England

Previous School: Stoke Newington

Club: Queens Park Rangers FC Academy & U23’s

Anticipated Major: Communications (Radio/TV/Film)

Why I chose ETSU: “I chose ETSU because it is a highly competitive soccer program that likes to play attacking-based soccer and has a good mentality to win. The coaches were very welcoming and the program seems to do well year in and year out. As well as the high quality soccer, ETSU has a very good academic program with a broad range of different opportunities and subjects to major in.”

Comments from Casper: “Gilly was able to arrive here in January. He has shown that he possesses a great deal of technical ability. He has transitioned into the team culture here quite well. He is a quiet kid, but someone that leads by example every day in training. He grew up in a great environment playing for the QPR Academy & U23 teams. Gilly will be a big part of what we are doing going forward in the midfield roles.”


Kieran Richards — MF/F — Fr. — Hamilton, New Zealand

Previous School: St. Kentigern College, Auckland

Club: Wellington Phoenix FC Academy & Reserves

Anticipated Major: Undecided

Why I chose ETSU: “I chose ETSU because they have fantastic facilities and because after talking to Coach Casper and Coach Scott on how they want the team to play, it suits my style. In addition, I like the ambition of the ETSU coaches in moving the program forward, and I found this very attractive as I want to win championships while obtaining a degree.”

Comments from Casper: “We are very excited to be adding Kieran to the team. He plays for the top club in New Zealand, as well as the U17 NZ National team. He is a likely and deserving candidate to possibly play for the NZ U20 team, which will be competing for the world cup this summer. Kieran is a converted forward — now a midfielder. This allows him to bring a goal scoring touch to the midfield lines. He has a nose for goal, a tireless engine, and an ability to play the final pass. We expect Kieran to fight for time in the midfield right away.”


Josh Salinas — MF/F — Fr. — Stafford, Va.

Previous School: USC Upstate

Club: Fredericksburg FC U19’s

Anticipated Major: Business

Why I chose ETSU: “I chose ETSU because it will be a good fit for me athletically, as well as academically, to help me improve as a player and as a student to fulfill my potential.” 

Comments from Casper: “Josh is one of two transfer players coming in, and he is coming from USC Upstate. Josh arrived here in January and has settled right into the team immediately. Josh is a very dangerous player 1-v-1. He has great speed and agility to get around defenders. His personality to learn and improve has helped shape the team this spring already. We expect Josh to compete for time in the midfield.”


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